AMV stands for Anime Music Video. The idea is to take one or more of your favorite animes, find a fitting piece of music for the soundtrack, and edit together an exciting self-made music video.

The Rules

  1. Only people who have bought a AniMatsuri ticket can take part in the competition – at least one member of the team must have a ticket.
  2. The video must be between 2 and 5 minutes
  3. Each participant may submit up to two videos.
  4. The AMV must be created entirely by the submitter – it is not permitted to use AMVs created by others, even partially.
  5. The organizers have the right to remove works from the competition if they contain pornography or other improper materials.
  6. At least 70% of the video content must be from an anime, anime-style game, or other animation following the same style. The rest is up to the author’s creativity.
  7. The selection of music is free. You are allowed to use several different tracks, dialogue, and sound effects. Still, remember that this is a music video above all, so music should dominate.
  8. Teamwork is allowed. When submitting your video, list all members of the team.
  9. To give everyone an equal chance, it is forbidden to publish and promote your video before the competition. It is forbidden to advertise your video via YouTube or social media, as well as submitting videos that have taken part in any competition before.
  10. The submission must not contain opening and closing titles (such as the name of the author and the work, acknowledgements, etc.) Logos and watermarks are also not allowed unless they serve an artistic purpose. The organizers will add an introduction with the names to each video.
  11. The video must be submitted digitally. All common formats are accepted, as long as they can be played by VLC and MPC-HC players. Organizers have the right to disqualify submissions whose video quality is too low to show on a big screen in a large hall.
  12. Videos made by computers (for example with and using them as a part of the competing video is not allowed.

Some suggestions

  1. To ensure a good result, we suggest you use high-definition source material (1080p or 720p) and output the finished work in 1920×1080 or 1280×720 resolution as well. All other resolutions will be re-encoded by the organizers and we cannot guarantee that the picture quality will not suffer. Be sure to use standard 16:9 HD formats.
  2. We recommend using H.264 encoding for the video output.
  3. Please also pay attention to the quality of the sound. We recommend using the AAC encoding (192kbps or more) and making sure that the sound levels of all combined video clips are equalized.
  4. If the source material used in the making of the AMV contains text (clips of intros and outros, incidental subtitles, etc.), this is usually not specifically forbidden, but is highly discouraged – it makes the result look unprofessional, and certainly will not improve your chances with the jury or the public.
  5. To not contradict with the 9th rule of the competition (promoting the video), it is discouraged to upload the video to Youtube or any other public place. The organizers retain the right to remove the video from the competition (the decision is made based on each case individually taking into account the number of views and other criteria.)

The competition

A jury assembled by the organizers will select ten best submissions that will make it to the final competition. The ten entries will be screened at the AniMatsuri festival and the winner decided by a public vote.

How to submit

Submission deadline: September 16th, 2018, 19:00 (GMT+3).

Competing works may be submitted via a personal file server or a trustworthy public file exchange (Dropbox,, etc.). The video must be downloadable without special software (YouTube links are not allowed). The organizers do not provide a file server for submissions.

The maximum file size for videos submitted is 1 GB. The video must remain available on the server until the end of the AniMatsuri festival (September 29rd, 2018).

To register for the competition, please send an email to

Include the following:

  • The name of the competing work;
  • Full names, ages and emails of all team members;
  • A link to the video;
  • The names of all tracks and animes used in the video,
  • A copy or photo of the AniMatsuri 1- or 2-day ticket (from one member of the team).

PS! If you wish to use an alias instead of your full name, please mention it. Your full name is needed, but we will not display it if you do not wish for it.

By submitting your works, you are giving the organizers the right to publish them and promote them in media channels associated with the festival, including the AniMatsuri website, its YouTube channel, and forums.

Happy splicing!